A sensory installation, unveiled at Aesop Queen Street West

You are invited to visit Aesop Queen Street West to experience ‘Epistēmē’—an evocative, sensory installation featuring seven short films created in collaboration with Dutch artist Bart Hess, as part of the DesignTO Festival.

Named after the Ancient Greek word for knowledge and understanding, the installation was born of the belief that we absorb knowledge through the senses, with the skin acting as an interface between the body and the world around us.

Inspired by this understanding, Aesop reimagined the space as a theatre of the senses, portraying the moment Aesop formulations touch the skin’s surface through aroma, with sound design by Ricky van Broekhoven, tactile materiality, sculptural intervention, and Hess’s film work.

Bart Hess and Aesop:
A shared fascination for skin and senses

Bart Hess is a mutator of materials, a conceptual artist concerned with exposing the human body as a platform for new technologies. Oscillating between the macabre and the piquant, his work enlivens novel sensorial experiences.

For over a decade, Hess has researched and composed materials that surprise, sensualise, and reveal the skin’s surface in ways previously unexplored. These futuristic ‘textiles’ communicate through film, installations, performances, and photography, unveiling even in stillness the movements and textures of their unique biology.

‘All our knowledge begins with the senses.’

Immanuel Kant